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07/07/2016

Birchbox - Paradise Found.

I'm a little late in getting this post up as my new Birchbox is already winging it's way to me. But I thought I'd still pop it up anyway.

For June Birchbox ditched the regular lid topped box and bag, replacing it with a draw. Which I have to say would look quite nice if the future boxes were like this and you could stack them. Would save a lot of space.


Absolution - Le Nettoyant Pureté
£26 / 150ml
Have you ever had that feeling when your face feels tight after cleansing? Apparently this cleanser makes this a thing of the past. It contains natural ingredients such as chamomile and oats that help remove dirt but prevent skin irritation. It works perfectly with a konjac sponge, which it just so happens I got in my last Glossybox. So I'm definitely going to be trying that.

Monu Professional Skincare - MONUSpa Enriched Body Cream
£24 / 200ml
I've tried quite a number of Monu products in the past and they've always impressed me. This is a light cream that my skin seems to just drink up. It's packed full of orange, lemon, geranium and rose essential oils. They hydrate the skin and leave behind a fresh citrusy scent. It also has vitamins, cocoa butter and chamomile to make sure you're not left with any dry patches.

Percy & Reed - Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray
£12 / 250ml
Having just got a fringe, hairspray is something I've definitely been in need of just to make sure everything stays where it's supposed to. This spray is ultra fine and doesn't come with that crispy feeling. It's also great in humidity with a super strong hold that just easily brushes away.


Cynthia Rowley Beauty - Brightening Illuminator
£19 / 3.25ml
Highlighting is one of those things that's really big at the moment. It used to be brows but I feel like we've moved on from that and everything is all about the highlight. This is a creamy formula and a little bit really does a long way. It's the perfect way to warm up your complexion and brighten up certain parts of your face with a golden pearlescent sheen.

Aïny - Pure Lumière Gommage Pureté Eclat Visage
£29 / 50ml
I only tend to use acid exfoliators but this claims to be extremly gentle. Turning into a nourishing milk on contact with water, releasing a burst of jojoba packed microspheres to exfoliate. It shall be interesting to see if it's as good as I hope it to be.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Get £5 worth of Birchbox points when you sign up here

Where to buy:
www.birchbox.co.uk
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05/07/2016

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette.

If Sugarpill is known for anything it's their brightly coloured matte shadows and their stunning metallic pigments. When they decided to put them both together and create metallic eyeshadows I couldn't wait to try them.

The Cold Chemistry palette contains four pressed shadows in a range of cooler tones. The shades are available in a palette for £24.95 or as single shadows at £8.95 each so buying them in the palette gives you quite a significant discount. Both the palette and the singles are part of Sugarpill's permanent lineup. 


Soot & Stars is a deepened charcoal, that isn't quite black. It's packed full of micro glitters and has a pearly finish to it. It reminds me of Dagger from the Urban Decay Smoky palette.

Diamond Eyes is a bright white with a frosty finish. It can look a little sheer but it's buildable. If you're going for a strong metallic white it would work well over Sugarpill's Tako, which is a matte white.

Elemental Chaos is a medium purple with a frosty finish.

Subterranean is probably my favourite shade in the palette. It's a smoky green shade with teal shimmer that makes the colour stand out when the light hits it.

As I expected the shades are buttery soft, being that they are metallics they're somewhat softer than Sugarpill's regular matte finish. They blend out with very little effort, perfect if you're looking for something that can create a quick eye look that makes a statement. On the flipside I feel like you could lightly dab these on to create something a little less intense.

I love Sugarpill as a brand and this is a palette that really doesn't dissapoint. It's slightly different from their vivid matte shades so if those are not something you feel you can wear, I really recommend the Cold Chemistry colours. Either as singles or as a quad, the shades go really well together and create the most beautiful smoky eyes.
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Price:
£24.95 / 4 x 3.5g
£8.95 / 3.5g single shadow

Where to buy:
www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk
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03/07/2016

Real Techniques Powder Brush.

Real Techniques are one of those brands that are easily accessible on the high street nowadays, either from Boots or Superdrug. I tend to see which has the better offers like 3-4-2, though I definitely favour Boots.

I've amassed quite the collection of Real Techniques brushes now, due to their great price point and how ridiculously soft they are. Today I have the newest addition to my collection, the  Real Techniques Powder Brush*. 


The brush comes with a large, plush head that's packed full of synthetic bristles. They are super soft, whilst they aren't Hakuhodu soft they are for their drugstore price point. The bristles don't hold a build up of product and are easy to clean.

The brush seems to pick up just the right amount of powder, giving a sheer finish without being cakey. It can be used for powder and mineral foundations along with finising powders.

It's not the most exciting or innonative brush but it's one I've used daily to set my makeup and I couldn't be without it now. If you're in the market for a new powder brush I can highly suggest this.
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Price:
£12.99

Where to buy:
www.boots.com
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01/07/2016

Crown & Glory Bobby Pin Club - June.

Ever since my Jammy Dodger pin landed on my doorstep last month, I've been super excited about getting my next one.

For the June pin Crown & Glory teamed up with Anne Knispel from Pony People. Anne is a Netherlands based illustrator who has a penchant for animal based designs, especially cats. Cats? That's right up my street!


I was so excited when I opened this kitty pin. It features two kitty heads, enamelled with pastel shades in lilac and pink. With one of them featuring red, glittery heart eyes. It reminds me of the heart eye cat emoji. All finished up on a silver toned pin.

Compared to last months pin it has a little less height but quite a bit more width. As these are made completely of metal, they feel extremely well made and durable.

I really like the idea behind the Bobby Pin Club. Each month Crown & Glory team up with illustrators and designers from around the globe to design and create an exclusive pin for the monthly subscription. It's a nice wear to jazz up a simple hairstyle and I can't wait to see what next month brings us.
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Price:
£5 per month

Where to buy:
www.crownandglory.co.uk
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